Wade Barrett wanted WWE to turn him face as Bad News Barrett

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Earlier this year, WWE took the decision to release Wade Barrett from his contract after he was pretty open about not wanting to sign a new one.

He was initially expected to leave later on in the year, but WWE changed their plans and started releasing people from the company back in May.

Unsurprisingly, Barrett was one of the victims, along with several other wrestlers and TV personnel.


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Born in England, Barrett became one of few Englishmen to make it into WWE, and after being signed to a developmental contract back in 2007, he ended up having a relatively successful stint with the company.

Barrett competed in the first season of NXT, having Chris Jericho as his mentor, and that then lead to him being part of the Nexus, a stable made up from NXT members who were out to make a name for themselves.

In June 2010, lead by Barrett, the members of Nexus invaded Monday Night Raw and picked apart face of the company John Cena before trashing the entire set.

Following on from the Nexus, Barrett formed a new stable, this time known as the Corre, which included himself, Ezequiel Jackson, Heath Slater, and Justin Gabriel.

After that stable broke down, Barrett went alone, and probably his best gimmick came in 2013 when he returned as Bad News Barrett.

A man who would continuously dish out bad news to the audience and to fellow superstars, this character started picking up some momentum.

Despite meaning to be a heel, fans were actually starting to like Barrett and were also joining in when he'd say his familiar catchphrase: 'I'm afraid I've got some bad news.'

In fact, that's the major criticism Barrett has of WWE following his release.

Speaking to WrestleZone Radio, Barrett revealed how he felt WWE should have turned him from heel to face because of how well the Bad News Barrett gimmick was being received.

He said: "I think Bad News Barrett was a lot of fun. It was probably something that wasn’t supposed to get over to the degree it got over. Fortunately a few things clicked and it worked.

"I actually agree that at that point I should have been turned babyface. That was the natural progression. If you look back at people like The Rock there are times when earlier in his career he was doing heel stuff and he was so entertaining that people cheered for him. The natural thing to do was turn him babyface. That’s what they did.

"I agree that at that point that was something that I do regret. The decision to keep me as a heel.

"I think it was just something that people were entertained by. It was so quirky and different and people react to that stuff. If the performer is good and the presentation is good and the people are enjoying it. Even if you are going out telling people that they are about to have heart attacks. If you deliver it with a certain panache and charisma then they are going to look forward to seeing that act on the show.

"I remember when I was younger and seeing guys like The Rock cut these promos telling the world how terrible they are. How they are a bunch of losers and stuff like that. He was so funny when he did it that you couldn’t wait ’til he came out and started insulting you. That’s what turned him in to the babyface he became.

"I think there was an opportunity as Bad News Barrett to turn me in to a babyface. I am not saying that I would have gotten to the level The Rock got to but it was certainly a chance for me to do something different and keep me motivated and stimulated by what I was doing on the show.

"I think it was a missed opportunity to be honest with you."

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